With topography as varied as the U.S. itself, Maryland is primed and ready to host any event a sports planner has in mind. From mountain biking and whitewater kayaking in Western Maryland, to marlin fishing in Ocean City, to soccer in the plethora of sports-field complexes spread across the state, to cheerleading and gymnastics events in the Baltimore City and Ocean City Convention Centers, to indoor or outdoor tennis complexes to baseball in no less than nine minor league ballparks and more, the state has much to offer. It’s also accessible to travelers using any mode of transportation. In short, according to Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, it’s a perfect location, and one planners should be considering in their site selection decisions.
With the start of summer officially around the corner, lacrosse tournaments around the state of Maryland are heating up. Different parts around the United States are well-known for certain sports, and in the Mid-Atlantic area lacrosse is certainly the sport to watch. In early June, major lacrosse tournaments took place where young players could develop their skills and display their skills in front of college coaches.
One of the tournaments that were held earlier this month was the Salisbury Summer Face-off. It featured different age groups for both boys and girls. James Simmons who is the Assistant Tourism Manager for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism mentioned, “The great thing about this event is the venue. The games will take place at Salisbury University – who just won the DIII Men’s Lacrosse National Championship, their 11th Lacrosse National Championship within the last 25 years. It is a phenomenal experience for these teams to get to play on the same facilities that such a storied program plays on as well. That has been a great draw for the event. Everyone knows about Salisbury Lacrosse and it is paying dividends for the event. They know that they could be the next one spotted by the legendary Coach Berkman.”
For the second consecutive year, the ISSA Eastern Shore Championships made its way back to the Eastern shores of Maryland. Wicomico County and Ocean City were dual hosts this September when 37 teams traveled to Eastern Maryland for the Championships this year. “Wicomico County was very proud to host the ISSA Eastern Shore Championships again for a second year,” said Elle Marks, Sports Marketing Representative for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks, & Tourism. “After a successful tournament last year, we wanted this year’s tournament to be even better!”
Visiting teams came from Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and even as far as Ontario, CA to compete.
The USSSA Eastern World Series is back in Maryland and is bigger and better than ever. “We are thrilled to yet again host the USSSA Eastern World Series in Wicomico County, MD. Over the course of three weeks the tournament brings players, coaches, parents and families into our county and allows us to showcase the best of what we have to offer as a sports destination” said Elle Marks, Sports Marketing Representative, Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism. Continue reading
With events like several large United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) softball and baseball tournaments and a landmark lacrosse tournament, Wicomico County and Salisbury is becoming a major sports destination in the state of Maryland! But for the last twenty years, Salisbury has grown into one of the biggest hubs for wrestling on the East Coast.
Nearly 400 girl’s fastpitch softball teams, ranging in age from 10U to 18U, played at various facilities spanning Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore from July 16th to August 2nd. It was a beautiful three weeks of softball, as the weather was in the low 80’s with no humidity, which is unheard of in the month of July! For the 8th straight year, the USSSA Eastern Fastpitch World Series proved to be a marathon of an event for all involved.
With over 5,000 softball players and their families from 15 states and Canada taking part in the event, Delmarva became the “Softball Capital of the World” as Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt said during the events’ Opening Ceremonies. The three legged event hosted over 1,300 games with the hub being the beautiful Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex in Salisbury, MD. Over the course of the event, the World Series used a total of 32 fields between 8 different parks spanning between Wicomico County, Worcester County and the Town of Ocean City, MD.
In 2012 there were many great sporting events of every caliber that took place throughout the State of Maryland. Some examples of memorable events for me include the Grand Prix of Baltimore, 93,000+ fans packing Ocean City for the Pantech Dew Tour, the USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival in Annapolis and the USA National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship at Morgan State University. And who can forget ORIOLES MAGIC!! Not only did the Baltimore Orioles make it to the PLAYOFF for the first time in 15 years, Camden Yards at Oriole Yards celebrated 20 years!! (Don’t you feel older now!) Fun fact- in the 20 years the Warehouse has been standing guard over the ballpark, not a home run nor a grand slam has broken a window in the Warehouse. Now we look ahead to 2013 with excitement that the new year will bring.
Coming up in January is the 18th Annual Bob Rowe Memorial Classic Wrestling Tournament taking place in Wicomico county. This is a special event in dedication to the former Wicomico High School wrestling coach.
The tournament also serves as a fundraiser for the team. There are teams from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia who attend, bringing a nice variety of competition. Check it out at the Wicomico’s Youth & Civic Center Jan 11th & 12th in Salisbury Maryland. If you would like more information on the event, click here for the tournament’s website.
February and March usher in a plethora of amateur sports such as the 2013 USA Fencing Junior Olympic Fencing Championships, Unique Classic, USATF National Youth Indoor T&F Championships and Masters Indoor T&F Championships. Despite the potentially chilling weather, outdoor soccer & lacrosse returns to the turf in March with the Amanda Post Memorial Soccer Tournament and Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic.